To cap off the Asian theme I’ve been rockin’ lately, I want to share another one of my all-time favourite appetizers – Spinach Gomae. It is insanely quick and easy to make, and is also wicked healthy.
If you’ve never heard of Gomae, it is a simple Japanese salad comprised of steamed spinach and sesame or peanut dressing. It takes less than ten minutes to make, and is incredibly delicious.
Gomae is a great way to get in a massive helping of essential leafy green vegetables. If you have steamed spinach before, you know that one small handful of steamed spinach equates to ten pounds of raw. Haha, okay, not quite, but it seems that way as you watch the greens wilt down to almost nothing in the steamer!
Let’s see what our resident RHN, Connie Oickle, has to say about the health benefits of Pop Eye’s favourite:
Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It contains large stores of iron, vitamins C and K, carotenoids, as well as folic acid and calcium. Spinach has been shown to decrease oxidative stress on cells, which is caused by free radical build up due to digestion (think exhaust fumes from a running car). This can help slow the aging process and prevent cancer and diabetes.
The peanut sauce I pour over this Gomae can be used in sooo many more recipes. It is my staple sauce for salad rolls and satay tempeh, and pairs excellent with almost any buddha bowl. It can also be stored in the fridge for weeks, which makes for even easier future Gomae!
Okay folks, let’s go make ourselves some super healthy, sweet n’ savoury, peanuty-spinach goodness!
Easy Spinach Gomae
This super simple, easy to make Spinach Gomae is a fantastic way to load up on greens while still enjoying deliciousness in every bite!
For the gomae:
- 1 pound organic baby spinach
- sesame seeds
- peanut sauce
For the Peanut Sauce:
- ½ c. natural creamy peanut butter unsalted
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 inch cube ginger root minced
- 3 tbsp. tamari
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
- ¼ c. water more if you want it thinner
For the gomae:
- Steam the spinach until it is fully wilted. You will probably have to do this in several batches. (If you do not have a steam basket, use a wire mesh strainer or colander instead. Place the strainer over a pot filled 1/4 with water, then cover with a lid, and bring to a boil over high heat.)
- Put the steamed spinach in a colander, run under cold water to cool, and then squeeze out all the excess moisture.
- Place a fistful of spinach on a small plate, and top with peanut sauce and sesame seeds.
- Serve immediately.
For the peanut sauce:
- Add all the ingredients to a jar.
- Seal with a lid, and shake vigorously until fully mixed (about 1 minute).
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
As always, nutritional information is a rough estimate. For a full explanation of nutritional analysis, please read our Disclaimer.
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Looking for more simple, healthy, delicious snacks? Be sure to try my Big Boy Bites and my Easy Olive Tapenade. Both are loaded with tons of healthy fats for incredible staying power throughout the day.
Connie Oickle, our resident RHN,
brings with her over 10 years experience
working in the food and Health
and Wellness industries.
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